As you know, Sunscreen is the easiest way to protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous rays. We are often advised to wear a sunscreen when going out in the sun. Sun protection is essential, especially to prevent skin cancers, sunburn and premature ageing.
How to apply Sunscreen in the right way:
- Apply the sunscreen all over the exposed skin.
- You must do this 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
- It is advised to re-apply the sunscreen after swimming, sweating after work-out etc (so you should choose waterproof sunscreen with Natural ingredients and Best SPF I recommend is 30+ SPF)
- Even if you are indoors, keep re-applying sunscreen after every 4 hours.
However, chemical sunscreens can have side effects and pose risks due to some medications used in them such as tetracyclines, sulfa drugs, phenothiazines etc.
You’ll notice if you’re allergic to sunscreen, trust me! Wherever you applied the cream, you’ll get an itchy and blistering rash. It’s a reaction triggered by:
- One of the ingredients in your sunscreen (contact dermatitis)
- A combination of sunscreen and UV exposure (phototoxic reaction).
What Sunscreen Ingredients Are More Likely To Cause Allergies?
Anyone can develop an allergy to everything at any time. There are some UV filters that are common allergens. Here are the worst culprits. Now you can find out if one of these ingredients is included in your sunscreen or not:
- Benzophenones: a group of substances that include oxybenzone, methanone, benzophenone-3 and any other ingredient that ends in “benzophenone”.
- Cinnamates: a group of ingredients that includes ethylhexyl-p-methoxycinnamate, and 2-ethoxyethyl-p-methoxycinnamate. Thy’re often used together with benzophenones for a double chance of irritations. Cinnamates are related to Balsam of Peru allergies, so if you suffer from that, stay away!
- Dibenzoylmethanes: this group contains avobenzone and eusolex 8020.
- Octocrylene: a fairly recent ingredient (it’s been used for about a decade!) but it’s already causing allergies in a lot of people.
- Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA): one of the first sunscreen ingredients used in the USA, it’s been almost completely abandoned.
- Salicylates: they include ingredients like benzyl salicylate (the first sunscreen ever used in the USA) octyl salicylate, and any other ingredient that ends with “salicylate.” They can cause contact dermatitis, but it’s rare.
- Fragrance and preservatives: to complicate things even more, it’s not only UV filters that can cause allergies and irritations. Each ingredient in your sunscreen could be the culprit! The most likely suspects? Fragrances and preservatives, especially those that work by releasing formaldehyde.
How get rid of this problems?
Your face becomes red and rashes:
- Suck on ice chips or splash cold water on your face. Rinse with an anti-redness cleanser, followed by an anti-redness face cream that contains licorice, green tea, oats, or feverfew.
- Take an oral antihistamine like Claritin or Zyrtec before working out.
Your first priority is to stay safe in the sun. Here’s how:
- Avoid the sun as much as possible
- Wear protective clothes (that includes sunglasses and hats, ladies!)
Use other sunscreen – a mineral sunscreen (i.e. those with only zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as UV filters)